Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weill Hall Inaugural Season

Weill Hall Inaugural Season Announcement, 03.09.2012 Press conference on the stage of Weill Hall at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.Friday afternoon, the Green Music Center at Sonoma State announced the inaugural 2012 season in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall. Members of the press sat on the stage of the hall for speeches from Chair & major donor Sanford I. Weill, Artistic Director Jeff Langley, Programming Consultant Robert Cole, Sonoma State Professor Lynne Morrow & Sonoma State President Ruben Armiñana. The inaugural season is star-studded, featuring Lang Lang on opening night. The 2 vocal series include Stephanie Blythe, Joyce DiDonato & a rare North American appearance by Elīna Garanča. Yo Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter & Vadim Repin appear in the instrumental series. The San Francisco Symphony will also present 4 programs, & the hall will be the home of the Santa Rosa Symphony.

Weill HallPresident Armiñana modeled the hall after Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall. Weill Hall seats 1,400, & its gorgeous wooden interior is warm & inviting. The back wall can be opened up unto a terraced lawn to accommodate an outdoor audience.  Besides touting the acoustics & the inaugural season's big-name roster, the speakers stressed the hall's use as a musical lab for the university's students. Sonoma State music students supplied short musical breaks. A 15-piece brass band played 2 fanfares from choral balconies at each end of the hall, & we heard a solo piano & a soprano. Even with all the seats empty, the hall was not overly reverberant & echoey. The singer did not have to sing loudly in order for her voice to resonate throughout the space.

Following the presentation, everyone moved to the adjoining Prelude Restaurant for sandwiches & a Q&A. The fancy restaurant has a relaxing patio with firepots & a waterfall & already does a brisk business in wedding receptions.

§ 2012/2013 Season at a Glance

Lang Lang, piano
Saturday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
Sunday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.

Karina Gauvin, soprano
Michael McMahon, piano
Saturday, October 13, 8:00 p.m.

“An All American Celebration” with John Adams & the International Contemporary Ensemble featuring Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Saturday, October 27, 8:00 p.m.

Modigliani Quartet with Joyce Yang, piano
Sunday, October 28, 3:00 p.m.

Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano | We’ll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith
Craig Terry, piano
Saturday, November 10, 8:00 p.m.

Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers
Sunday, November 11, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 15, 8:00 p.m.

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano | Drama Queens
Alan Curtis, conductor | Il Compleso Barocco
Tuesday, November 20, 8:00 p.m.

Tallis Scholars | Love is Better Than Wine
Peter Phillips, Director
Saturday, December 8, 8:00 p.m.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale | Handel’s Messiah
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor | Bruce Lamott, chorale director | Sherezade Panthaki, soprano | Fabiana González, mezzo-soprano | Dann Coakwell, tenor | Dashon Burton, bass-baritone
Sunday, December 9, 3:00 p.m.

Yo-Yo Ma, cello, and Kathryn Stott, piano
Saturday, January 26, 7:00 p.m.

Barbara Cook, soprano
Saturday, February 16, 8:00 p.m.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Lambert Orkis, piano
Saturday, March 2, 8:00 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Thursday, March 21, 8:00 p.m.

Vadim Repin, violin
Itamar Golan, piano
Sunday, April 7, 3:00 p.m.

Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano
Tuesday, April 9, 8:00 p.m.

Lila Downs
Wednesday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.

Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano
Marcelo Amaral, piano

Sunday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and piano
Saturday, April 27, 8:00 p.m.

§ Inaugural Season Press Announcement
for The Donald & Maureen Green Music Center
Friday, March 9, 2012

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